asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take on the recommendations contained in the Report of the Committee on Poaching. and Illegal -Fishing of Salmon and Trout in Scotland.
As I indicated in reply to the hon. Member for Stroud and Thornbury (Mr. Perkins) yesterday, the Committee's report is at present being considered and my right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement shortly.
In view of the fact that the people who are organising this widespread poaching will naturally speed up their operations in view of the possible increase in penalties, can this be expedited as much as possible, because it really is very urgent?
We think that it will take three or four weeks—because legislation may be necessary—before a statement can be made, and we will endeavour to make the statement before the Whitsun Adjournment, or, if not, immediately afterwards.